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The Food is Just not Good
Activities were fun but booked up very quickly. We did not get into everything we wanted to do. Our room was very big, but had a very funky, almost septic smell. My biggest complaints was the food. The buffet was just not good. Won't be back. There are way too many other options.
Tanque Verde Ranch Needs Improvement
The lunch buffet was expensive and almost eatable. Tucson has many top notch restaurants. Tanque Verde Ranch is not one of them. They need to get their act together or it will be sad to see one of the few guest ranches go.
Last Minute - They Cancelled Us!
one week before arrival they canceled our reservation - no explanation - "over booked" Something was fishy about their answer - I suspect they plugged in a reservation and bumped us. They made no effort to resolve this
So much fun, gorgeous setting
Highly recommend Tanque Verde for a great vacation - especially for families. The property is stunning and well maintained. We stayed in Quail Hollow which was nice but I remember coming here before and liking the Road Runner Ridge rooms a bit more. Enjoyed the riding - I mostly did the lope rides. I am a horse owner, I ride 4x a week and I felt the horse care at the ranch was very good, especially for an operation of that size. Horses were clearly well fed, fit, were up to date on their shoes, and you can tell by the poop were well hydrated. They were also total saints that can pack around beginner riders safely. Set aside your ego for the lope check - it’s a safety thing. If you can’t get your horse to lope in the check you’re not ready (it’s not that they’re ‘too tired’). If you’re not balanced in the saddle you’re not ready. It’s not fair to the horse to have somebody bouncing all over their back. My favorite rides were early in the morning, you’re more likely to see wildlife. We saw a coyote and a bunch of deer. We also really enjoyed the nature center, the archery, and LOVED team penning. Overall, a great time. You may want to avoid peak season as I can see how things would be less fun when it’s crowded.
Misleading advertising; terrible food; exorbitant prices
This was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in Tucson---and I've lived here a long time. We had guests from out of town visiting Tucson and they wanted to take us out to lunch. We looked at OpenTable and found the Tanque Verde Ranch. The Menu for lunch looked very good---not an extensive menu, but a good combination of sandwiches, salads and other lunch fare. I made the reservation and we took a 35 minute drive to get to the restaurant. So far, so good. The setting is beautiful. We found our way to the restaurant and were promptly seated. The waiter brought us water and we were starting to wonder where the menus were when he told us that lunch was a buffet and "we could go through as many times as we like". What happened to the lunch menu???? We were hungry; we had driven 35 minutes to get to the restaurant so we decided to partake of the buffet. Our first mistake was not asking how much it cost (more later). There was one server handling the buffet. Due to COVID restrictions everything must be served by the server. (a good thing). Salads included mixed greens with a choice of a few dressings----nothing special about the salad. There were a few other cold salads---a greek pasta salad, etc.. They had run out of the "daily special" salad. We ate our salads and went back for the main course. This is where it went down hill. The enchilada was dried and tasteless; the quesadilla consisted of nothing more than a tortilla cut into fours with cheese---no flavor whatsoever. The chicken entree with a salsa was the most edible of the selections; although the chicken was not tender Desserts were laughable...Cut out sugar cookies in the shape of Saguaro Cactus---with so much green food coloring that your mouth and teeth turn bright green with a single bight as well as dried out cupcakes with inedible frosting. We decided enough was enough and asked for the check. Imagine our surprise---$108 for four people for a disgusting lunch----when in fact, we were expecting the lunch menu they advertise on OpenTable. $108 plus tip for the worst meal I have had in Tucson at any of the dozens of restaurants that I have frequented. It is a shame. The restaurant is in a beautiful location, The location, however, does not compensate for the disgusting food, the laughably high cost and the false adverting that the Tanque Verde Ranch engages in . AVOID this place... I was embarrassed to have taken out of town guests .
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